January is a great time to submit your committee volunteer form
In February, as your Vice-President/President-Elect, I will start working on appointments to the “process committees”: not the media evaluation (Priority Group II) or award (Priority Group V) committee , but more or less everything else. So January is a great month to submit your online committee volunteer form, which I introduced last month.
Tell Me More!
Please share details in your open-ended questions about skills, experience and knowledge you will bring to your committee work, and your specific interests in serving, especially if you have preferences among the the committees you’ve checked off. Also take a moment to complete your profile in ALA Connect. It is a helpful place to share work and education history.
Reapplying, and the process
Appointments take some time to fill and replacement slots do open year round due to resignations or other conflicts. We encourage you to resubmit your form after 6 months, or if your interests or information has changed. Just head over to http://www.ala.org/alsc/volunteer for an outline of the process and answers to common questions.
Checking out Committee Work
If you will be at Midwinter, many committees meet at the All Committee Meeting and welcome visitors, though it’s wise to contact the chair to confirm meeting time if you have a particular committee in mind. You can also check out committee work virtually by browsing What Does that ALSC Committee do, and reviewing charges and posts made directly on the committee pages. Many committees contribute regular blog posts; just scroll through the Categories list for Bloggers.
Speaking of which…there are many ways to contribute to ALSC, including writing for the ALSC Blog or being an ALSC mentee or mentor. Just check out our Get Involved page. In my virtual office hour chats with many of you I’ve been impressed at how much you are offering to give to the profession in your off hours. It’s a great to start the new year knowing a community of colleagues is available at our fingertips. Thank you.